Dundee 2
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier League)

2 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 23rd, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,093
3:00 PM Kick-off

Beto Carranza (59)
Juan Sara (71)
Alex Di Rocco (15)
Arild Stavrum (pen.) (74)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Ebbe Skovdahl

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
5. Marco De Marchi
4. Marcello Marrocco
2. Barry Smith
6. Steven Tweed
18. Javier Artero
25. Beto Carranza
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
33. Claudio Caniggia
9. Juan Sara
Ryan Esson .23
Thomas Solberg .5
Philip McGuire .24
Derek Whyte .3
Jamie McAllister .6
David Rowson .17
Robbie Winters .9
Derek Young .21
Chris Clark .18
Arild Stavrum .10
Alex Di Rocco .32

3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
12. Shaun McSkimming
15. Steven Milne
16. Michael Yates
David Preece .30
David Lilley .15
Darren Mackie .25
Rachid Belabed .16
Andy Dow .12

Shaun McSkimming for Javier Artero (69)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (87)
Andy Dow for Chris Clark (46)
Rachid Belabed for Alex Di Rocco (90)

Claudio Caniggia (40)
Steven Tweed (45)
Barry Smith (73)
Juan Sara (74)
Claudio Caniggia (90)
Gavin Rae (90)
Jamie McAllister (81)

Red Cards
Claudio Caniggia (90)
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Neil Brand & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
John Fleming (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A spirited fightback from Dundee couldn't prevent the Dons from stretching their lengthy unbeaten League run at Dens Park.

And to earn a point from this entertaining affair, Aberdeen had to stage a late comeback of their own. Dundee were first to show, when Argentine star Claudio Caniggia had an early shot well saved by Ryan Esson, and that proved the springboard for the visitors to take the lead.

They got the opener when Alex Di Rocco pounced on a Steven Tweed error inside the box and fired a low-angled drive underneath. advancing keeper Marco Roccati. It was just the tonic the Dons required after losing six at Celtic last weekend and their battling performance here showed they were keen to restore a bit of pride. At times though, their defence looked shaky, and before the break, both Javier Artero and Juan Sara missed gilt-edged opportunities inside the penalty box.

The home defence appeared far from watertight as well.

The normally deadly Arild Stavrum could have put the Dons two up just short of the half hour mark. Dundee might have been level in that first half when Caniggia appeared to be barged in the area by Thomas Solberg.

However, referee Alan Freeland, a resident of the Granite City, waved play on.

The Taysiders levelled just on the hour mark, when another member of their Argentine contingent, Beto Carranza, accepted a pass from countryman Sara. He fired home an exquisite low shot from the edge of the area.

Eleven minutes later, the Dark Blues went ahead, with a goal straight from the pampas. Caniggia fought hard to get possession on the left. Then he switched play to Carranza. He turned Jamie McAllister inside out before crossing for Sara to head home.

That seemed to have Dundee set up perfectly for a rare win over Aberdeen.

However, a share of the spoils was ensured L with a controversial refereeing decision three minutes later.

It came when Di Rocco went down as he and home skipper Barry Smith rose for a high ball. No-one appealed, but referee Freeland pointed to the spot and Stavrum blasted home the kick.

Thereafter, Dundee pushed forward, looking for the winner they thought they deserved. But the Dons held out to earn what was probably a fair point.

* Claudio Caniggia received a second yellow and a red card after the final whistle.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 9 - 9 -
Marco De Marchi - 16 - 16 -
Marcello Marrocco31 19 - 19 -
Barry Smith26 23 - 2021
Steven Tweed28 221724
Javier Artero25 222313
Beto Carranza28 9292
Giorgi Nemsadze28 221221
Gavin Rae23 1811229
Claudio Caniggia33 105105
Juan Sara24 208208
Shaun McSkimming (sub)30 10 - 977
Steven Milne (sub)20 113133

League Table (as at December 23rd, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Lapses in concentration have cost us dearly of late.

Coming hard upon the heels of the injury time goal which saw us drop two points against St Johnstone, another last minute counter deprived us of a what would have been a well deserved point against Celtic, the league leaders, in our last home game.

Inevitably, when people saw that we were two down at one stage against Kilmarnock, they must assumed that we were not playing well, but that was far from being the case.

Indeed, we performed every bit as well against Kilmarnock as we had done in the first half against Celtic.

But, once again defensive lapses cost us goals, the only difference being that this time there was plenty of time in which to retrieve the situation.

At the interval last week, there was a great deal of anger in the dressing room that we had been on top, yet found ourselves trailing.

And that annoyance transformed itself into determination not to lose any more points, and despite conceding another goal early in the second half, we carried on working hard which enabled us to collect three very valuable points.

My goal started the fight back and put pressure on Kilmarnock with Beto Caranzza and Javier Artero supplying excellent passes from which Steven Milne got the goals which enabled us to win the game.

Naturally, I was very pleased with the victory, but was equally encouraging was that it was accomplished without the services of Claudio Caniggia, demonstrating that whilst he is an outstanding member of the team, we do have several other players of a high quality as the standard of our performance demonstrated.

Now as we prepare for the demanding festive programme, ensuring there is no repeat of the lapses in concentration has been the main focus in training this week, because if you don't give away silly goals as we have been prone to do of late, the better the results will be.

To kick off the hectic holiday fixture list of four matches in eight days we welcome Aberdeen.

Though they had a bad result last week, there is no way that we will be treating them likely.

If anything, that 6-0 defeat by Celtic will make them even more determined to get a result here.

Already this season, we have suffered at the hands of a side smarting from a defeat because when Hearts beat us, they had just lost heavily to Hibs.

We intend to make sure the same thing doesn't happen again because now is the time to make a big push for the top half of the league placing for which we are aiming.

Our fans are very special to us and we all readily acknowledge the major part they have played in helping the team through the first half of the season and together we can make that happen.

There is no doubt that your backing is in the top six in the country, now the players and I must make sure that team finishes in the top six.

Finally, can I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.